The Wal-Mart of weed has come to Sacramento, reports the Sacramento Bee. That’s the moniker embraced by weGrow, a cavernous hydroponics store marketing itself as a retail outlet for people cultivating marijuana for personal medicinal use. The 10,000-square-foot weGrow store is the first national franchise for a company that bills itself as a supply and training destination for legal pot growers. The gardening emporium doesn’t sell marijuana, but it is billed as “the first honest hydro store” and will be followed by weGrow stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, and Oregon in coming months.
With California, 14 other states and the District of Columbia legalizing marijuana for medical use, the hydroponics industry is exploding. Unlike weGrow, most hydroponics outlets avoid any mention of marijuana, billing themselves only as generic suppliers for people growing anything from peppers to rosemary. The ‘m’ word is also avoided by some growing equipment and nutrient suppliers that either operate in states where medical marijuana is illegal – or don’t want to offend organic farmers or other customers growing nonmedicinal products.